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Type: Journal article
Title: A longitudinal, observational study examining the relationships of patient satisfaction with services and mental well-being to their clinical course in young people with Type 1 diabetes mellitus during transition from child to adult health services
Author: Gray, S.
Cheetham, T.
McConachie, H.
Mann, K.
Parr, J.
Pearce, M.
Colver, A.
Bate, A.
Bennett, C.
Dovey-Pearce, G.
McDonagh, J.
Rapley, T.
Reape, D.
Vale, L.
Chater, N.
Gleeson, H.
Bem, A.
Bennett, S.
Billson, A.
Bruce, S.
et al.
Citation: Diabetic Medicine, 2018; 35(9):1216-1222
Publisher: Wiley Online Library
Issue Date: 2018
ISSN: 0742-3071
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S. Gray, T. Cheetham, H. McConachie, K. D. Mann, J. R. Parr, M. S. Pearce, A. Colver on behalf of the Transition Collaborative Group
Abstract: Aim: We hypothesized that participant well‐being and satisfaction with services would be positively associated with a satisfactory clinical course during transition from child to adult health care. Methods: Some 150 young people with Type 1 diabetes mellitus from five diabetes units in England were recruited to a longitudinal study of transition. Each young person was visited at home four times by a research assistant; each visit was 1 year apart. Satisfaction with services (Mind the Gap; MTG ) and mental well‐being (Warwick–Edinburgh Mental Well‐being Scale; WEMWBS ) were captured. Change in HbA1c, episodes of ketoacidosis, clinic and retinal screening attendance were used to assess clinical course. In total, 108 of 150 (72%) young people had sufficient data for analysis at visit 4. Results: Mean age at entry was 16 years. By visit 4, 81.5% had left paediatric healthcare services. Median HbA1c increased significantly (P = 0.01) from 69 mmol/mol (8.5%) at baseline to 75 mmol/mol (9.0%) at visit 4. WEMWBS scores were comparable with those in the general population at baseline and were stable over the study period. MTG scores were also stable. By visit 4, some 32 individuals had a ‘satisfactory’ and 76 a ‘suboptimal’ clinical course. There were no significant differences in average WEMWBS and MTG scores between the clinical course groups (P = 0.96, 0.52 respectively); nor was there a significant difference in transfer status between the clinical course groups. Conclusions: The well‐being of young people with diabetes and their satisfaction with transition services are not closely related to their clinical course. Investigating whether innovative psycho‐educational interventions can improve the clinical course is a research priority.
Rights: © 2018 The Authors. Diabetic Medicine published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of Diabetes UK This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution‐NonCommercial License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited and is not used for commercial purposes.
RMID: 0030109030
DOI: 10.1111/dme.13698
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